Italy Tracks Tardy Trains

Trains in Italy still don’t run on time, but at least passengers have real-time information about how late they are.Now the nation’s rail and telecommunications providers are hoping to rival that trick — not by making the trains actually run on time, but by telling frustrated travelers how late they will be.

Via internet, cell phone or handheld, a new service from the state railways called ViaggiaTreno (“train trip”) lets travelers check delays on their routes.

“Even if the system were perfect, things happen and we want to provide passengers the most accurate information possible,” said Paolo Russo, a Trenitalia representative. Read the full story by Nicole Martinelli on wired.